List of Task-Oriented Groups

Focusing on projects or ministry tasks. 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS

Contributions/Counters gather for the purpose of counting offering donations. They meet at 8 AM Monday in the Conference Room (421). Contact Fran Crownhart, fran@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 206. 

Mailing Group gathers for the purpose of preparing miscellaneous church mailings. They meet at various times throughout the year. Contact Shari Buckellew, shari@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 205.        

Stewardship Mailing Group gathers for the purpose of preparing monthly offering envelope mailings to St. John’s members. They meet at 8 AM the Monday after the last Sunday of the month in the Parish Life Center Dining Room (163). Contact Brent Anderson, (309) 661-4608, or Lynda Bogue, (309) 454-8362.

CARING FOR the WORLD and EACH OTHER

Baby Meal Ladies prepare and deliver meals to families with new babies. They do this whenever needed, and as assigned. Contact Arlene and Lois Brucker, countrygal.lois@gmail.com, (309) 662-3896. 

Care for Creation members gather for the purpose of sharing God’s good work in creation and taking steps to preserve and love all that God made. They meet at various times and locations throughout the year. Contact Pastor Christine McNeal, christine@stjohnsbloomgton.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 251. 

Wedding Coordinators gather for the purpose of assisting wedding couples and the pastoral staff during the wedding ceremony. They do this for weddings for which they are assigned. The group of wedding coordinators meet once a year for an annual review and planning for the next year. Contact Gudrun Dunt, gudrun@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 211. 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY ACTIVITIES

Carillon Choir gathers for the purpose of providing an opportunity for children in 6th grade through high school to share their handbell gifts with the congregation of St. John’s. They meet from 6-6:30 PM Wednesday in the Multipurpose Room (221). Contact Lisa Landstrom, lisalandstrom@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 663-8328.

Carol Choir gathers for the purpose of providing the opportunity for children in first and second grade to share their musical gifts with the congregation of St. John’s. They meet from 5:30-6 PM Wednesday in the Choir Room (221). Contact Lisa Landstrom, lisalandstrom@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 663-8328.

Creation Choir gathers for the purpose of providing the opportunity for children in third, fourth, and fifth grades to share their musical gifts with the congregation of St. John’s. They meet 6:30-7 PM Wednesdays in the Choir Room (221). Contact Lisa Landstrom, lisalandstrom@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 663-8328.

MINISTRY TEAMS, COMMITTEES and BOARDS

Adult Discipleship Ministry Team provides opportunities for Christian discipleship, spiritual formation, and adult education at St. John’s. Their goal is to help members grow in faith so they become more committed and passionate disciples of Jesus. Areas of responsibility include programs for Sunday morning Bible studies, small groups, spiritual gifts discovery, retreats, and special events. Contact Paul Crownhart, paulcrownhart@gmail.com, (309) 662-5703.

Charitable Trust Board is an elected board whose members oversee management of the funds in the Charitable Trust, determine funding allocations, and promote joining the Legacy Society. The board meets three times a year. Contact Tom Shadid, tomshadid@yahoo.com, (309) 838-6992.  

Columbarium Association Board of Directors operates a ministry within St. John’s Lutheran Church for the inurnment of cremains in niches within our Memorial Garden. The Association is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, filing and paying fees yearly, listing board members to continue this ministry, under Illinois rules and regulations. It operates with a set of bylaws, rules, and regulations under the auspices of the Congregational Council, with a separate checking account. The Board meets as needed and assists those using the niches. They only meet when necessary, which is infrequent. Contact Vern Veal, vern@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 228.  

Communications Advisory Board gathers to consider the communications efforts of the church. They meet at various times throughout the year. Contact Norma Fagerland, norma@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 207.  

Constitution Committee gathers to review the church constitution and consider any changes. They meet at various times throughout the year on an as-needed basis. Contact Chris Magnuson, cmagnuson@ilfb.org, (309) 825-6018.            

Finance Committee members oversee the financial affairs of the congregation to make sure that they are being conducted effectively, giving particular attention to the prompt payment of obligations and to the regular forwarding of benevolence monies to the synod treasurer. The Finance Committee prepares a budget for each year, including the congregation’s full indicated share in support of the wider ministry for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the synod. The budget is submitted to the congregation council for its action and later presentation at a congregational meeting. Areas of responsibility include congregational investments and the insurance program. This team provides quarterly reviews of funds spent/available to each team and detailed reports to council as requested. The congregational treasurer is the council liaison. They meet at 4:45 PM the third Thursday of the month in the Conference Room (421). Contact Tom Shadid, tomshadid@yahoo.com, (309) 838-6992.  

Guest Experience Team members’ responsibilities include the Welcome Center, greeters, hospitality ministries, and new member involvement in the church. They meet at 5 PM the fourth Thursday of the month in the Conference Room (421). Contact Karen Timmerman, foxy2005@frontier.com, (309) 454-2956.  

Joy Zone Children’s Ministry Team connects children, birth through fifth grade, to the heart of Jesus through intentional, relational, and fun programming. They work in partnership with the parents to enthusiastically support the children in their spiritual growth. This team aims to be visible to the entire congregation and perpetuate the Engage and Equip People to Embrace Jesus Christ mission of St. John’s. We intend for all programming to be relevant to the lives of children so they can live out their faith in practical ways throughout the week. A strong emphasis is placed on mission opportunities, locally and internationally, by educating parents and children. Areas of responsibility include provisions for families of children from birth to 24 months, nursery, Joy Zone Sunday morning programs for early childhood and elementary school-aged children, Bible presentation and classes, First Communion instruction, Joy Zone summer programs, and Vacation Bible School. They meet at 11:45 AM the first Sunday of the month in Room 179. Contact Laura Freyman, laura@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 225.  

Local Missions Ministry Team helps transform faith into action by responding to human and spiritual needs of the community and involves and coordinates the congregation in local ministry opportunities, such as affordable housing, homeless shelters, and food pantries. They meet the first Tuesday of the month at 5:15 PM in the Conference Room (421). Chris Ayers, chris.ayers@thrivent.com, (309) 824-6873.  

Nominating Committee members are responsible for developing a slate of candidates for council elections as well as other elected roles at St. John’s. They meet a number of times prior to the election, which is generally held once a year. Contact Bill Leary, bill.leary.a6i7@statefarm.com, (309) 660-6157.  

Open Door Missions members coordinate adult short-term mission trips and supports the global ministries of the congregation. They meet at 6 PM the first Tuesday of the month in the Conference Room (421). Contact Connie Moll, dennismoll@frontier.com, (309) 663-4719 or Deanne Eytalis, deytalis@msn.com, (309) 830-4220.  

Parish Life Ministry Team members extend Christian compassion and concern to congregational members in need of support and encouragement, such as during times of hospitalization, grief, loss, birth, relocation, inactivity in the congregation, and other transitions. Areas of responsibility include the prayer chain, Caregivers. This ministry team oversees fellowship groups within the congregation such as Sunday morning refreshments and meals for Heritage Sunday, and Easter. They meet at 4:30 PM the second Thursday of the month in the Conference Room (421). Contact Gudrun Dunt, gudrun@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 214.  

Property Committee members maintain and protect all congregational property and provide a safe environment for our members and guests. Responsibilities include keeping updated facility use guidelines and recommendations for long-range capital improvement projects. They meet at 4:45 PM the second Tuesday of the month in the Conference Room (421). Contact Kip Iverson, kwiverson@gmail.com, (309) 662-2656.  

Risk Management Team members gather for the purpose of policy or procedure review to ensure that the church isn’t exposed to undue risk, harm, or legal action. They meet as often as church leadership or Church Council requests their assistance. Contact Chris Ayers, chris.ayers@thrivent.com, (309) 824-6873.

Stewardship Ministry Team members gather for the purpose of coordinating activities and events at St. John’s that encourage members toward giving their time, talents, and tithes in adoration of our Lord and Savior. The team meets at 6:30 PM the first Tuesday of the month in Room 179. All members are welcome to attend any meeting and to consider joining the team. Imagine the extraordinary things we’ll accomplish with everyone’s support! Contact Bob Hinshaw, rghinshaw@comcast.net, (309) 663-7420.  

Youth Ministry Board is a group of youth and adults, whose purpose is to advise, plan, vision, and run the Youth Ministry at St. John’s. This group also prays together, sponsors fellowship events for the community, and leads Bible studies. They meet monthly to plan meetings, events, and ministries and have their own retreat to conduct training sessions for its members. Contact Steve Terry, steve@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 215.

Worship Arts Ministry Team collaborates with the pastoral and music staff to support the worship life of St. John’s congregation and includes volunteer worship ministries for each service as needed, such as acolytes, choirs, bands, communion preparation and assistants, worship planning teams, visual arts, lectors, readers, parament care, music ministries, and ushers. They help to plan special services and seasonal events including: Heritage Sunday, Midweek Advent, Lenten services, Holy Week, Easter, and Christmas Eve worship. The team meets at 5:30 PM the third Tuesday of the month in the Conference Room (421). Contact Pastor Brian, brian@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 203.   

MISSIONS, CHRIST IN THE WORLD

Ecuador Missions Team members gather each year on a monthly basis, March through July, for the purpose of spiritual growth in relation to global mission, cultural indoctrination, team relationship building, in-country task-related assignments, and expectations in preparation for the annual Ecuador missions trips. Contact Jan Pritts, janpritts@aol.com, (309) 665-0440.

Love Packages is an organization which packs and ships Christian materials to countries throughout the world. The role of this team is to take the materials to Love Packages when there is a car full. Contact Larry Eggan, leggan@ilstu.edu, (309) 452-7495.

Lutheran World Relief supporters meet as needed to pack quilts and school and personal care kits to be shared with people in need throughout the world. The work culminates in our large Ingathering on the last Saturday in October when volunteers pack a semi-truck full of donations from St. John’s and other regional Lutheran churches. At this event, volunteers come together to donate food, serve food, pack the truck, and visit with members from other churches. Contact Vickie Robertson, jbevrobertson@gmail.com, (309) 663-6336.

Quilters Group meets for the purpose of making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. The quilts are sent all over the world for those people facing disasters or economic problems. Many of our quilters sew at home zig-zagging edges, sewing backs blocks together. Quilters meet from 9:30-11:30 AM two to three Tuesday mornings a month in the Fellowship Hall (340). Volunteers are welcome to come any time between those hours. See the St. John’s Weekly News for meeting dates. Contact Joyce Niemi, (309) 662-7528, Marlene Blaine, (309) 527-3032, or Susan Fischer, (309) 663-7035.

Work Camp is a service ministry program during the summer. Senior high youth and adults spend a week in community doing service ministries for residents of a community. The group joins other youth and adults—living together in a school—and work at homes during the day and share meals in fellowship, devotions, prayer, and Bible studies during the week. The Work Camp community meets monthly from November to July in preparation for this ministry and has fundraisers throughout the year. Contact Steve Terry, steve@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 215. 

PROPERTY HELPERS

Decorators gather for the purpose of beautifying the worship spaces for special worship services and holiday seasons, including seasonal flowers. They meet on an as-needed basis, coming together to decorate. Contact Gary Brandenburg, glbrand317@gmail.com, (309) 452-3103; Vickie Robertson, jbev.robertson@gmail.com, (309) 663-6336; Don Wilkey, dnwilkey59@aol.com, (309) 662-5537; or Shari Buckellew, shari@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext 205.  

Lawn Care Group gathers for the purpose of mowing and trimming. They do this on an as-needed basis. Contact Fred Render, fred@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 229.  

Property Work and Golf Group gathers for the purpose of general efforts to tidy up the exterior of the building. They meet at 9:03 AM Tuesdays during the golf season. They work on a variety of chores for about 90 minutes. Occasionally they golf after the chores are done. Contact Dave Lowe, dmlowe74@gmail.com, (309) 829-2326.  

Get SOCIAL

DinnerTime Table Setting Teams gather for the purpose of setting tables for the next DinnerTime event. They meet the first, second, and third Wednesday of the month (not in the summer) in the Parish Life Center kitchen (164). Team 1 meets 10–11 AM and Team 2 meets 12:30–1:30 PM. Contact Shari Buckellew, shari@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 205.

DinnerTime Meal Preparation Teams gather for the purpose of preparing for the next DinnerTime event. They meet the first, second, and third Tuesday or Wednesday of the month (not in the summer) in the Parish Life Center kitchen (164). Team 1 meets 5:30–7 PM Tuesday and Team 2 meets 3–5:30 PM Wednesday. Contact Shari Buckellew, shari@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 205.

DinnerTime Clean-up Teams gather for the purpose of cleaning-up after the DinnerTime event. They meet the first, second, and third Wednesday of the month (not in the summer) in the Parish Life Center kitchen (164). Both teams meet 6:15–7:15 PM. Team 1—dishwasher operators; Team 2—general kitchen helpers. Contact Shari Buckellew, shari@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 205. 

WORSHIP SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Community of Joy

Band members gathers for the purpose of preparing and rehearsing for the Community of Joy Worship services. They seek to “go to God” in worship each week during practice and services, and they spend time in prayer for the church, band members, and praising God for his goodness and blessings. They meet 7:30–9:30 PM Thursdays in the Parish Life Center (100). Contact Jeff Pitzer, jeff@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 249.

Communion Assistants serve communion at assigned Community of Joy worship services. Some of the assistants are also assigned to prepare the communion elements prior to the service and take care of leftover elements after the service. Contact Linda Fisher, Linda Fisher, lmwfis@ilstu.edu, (309) 661-4696.

Greeters gather for the purpose of welcoming and extending hospitality to all who enter the doors of St. John’s. They gather Sunday, prior to the 9:45 or 11 AM worship service, in the Parish Life Center (100) area. Greeters serve approximately once every two months. Contact Melissa Drobnak, melissa@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 211.

Slide creators gather for the purpose of creating the slide presentations for the Community of Joy worship service. No previous experience is required but basic computer knowledge is desired. Slide creators are generally assigned one worship service per month. Contact Jeff Pitzer, jeff@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 249. 

Slide operators gather for the purpose of running the slide presentations for the Community of Joy worship service. No previous experience is required but a general comfort level with computers is desired. Slide operators are generally assigned one weekend per month and are asked to operate slides for pre-service practice and both worship services. Contact Jeff Pitzer, jeff@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 249.

Sound board engineers gather for the purpose of operating the sound board for the Community of Joy worship service. No previous experience is required but an ear for music is desired. Sound board engineers are generally assigned one weekend per month and are asked to provide sound support for pre-service practice and both worship services. Contact Jeff Pitzer, jeff@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 249.

Ushers gather to provide assistance to the pastoral staff in ensuring that the worship services run smoothly. They serve as greeters for the service when passing out the Weekly News. They collect the offering and clean up the Parish Life Center after worship so that the next group will have a clean worship space. Ushers collect the pew pad information sheets and see that the offering receipts are deposited in the bank. There are teams made up of several individuals which are scheduled to usher periodically throughout the year. They meet at 9:15–11 AM or 10:30 AM – 12:15 PM on assigned Sundays. Contact Michael Kennamann, michaelkennamann@gmail.com, (309) 557-0643.

Welcome Center Hosts gather for the purpose of welcoming and extending hospitality to all who enter the doors of St. John’s. They gather Sunday prior to the 9:45 and 11 AM worship services in the Parish Life Center (100) area. Contact Melissa Drobnak, melissa@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 211. 

Saturday Evening Service

Communion Assistants serve communion at assigned Saturday Evening worship services. Some of the assistants are assigned to prepare the communion elements prior to the service and take care of leftover elements after the service. Contact Julie Williams, jmwbskets@hotmail.com, (309) 662-3305.

Lectors read the lessons at assigned Saturday Evening Services. Contact: Jan Dosen, jkd428@yahoo.com, (309) 662-0166.

Musicians gather for the purpose of rehearsing music for the Saturday Evening Service. They seek to “go to God” in worship each week during practice and the service, and they spend time in prayer for the church, band members, and praising God for his goodness and blessings. They meet at 4 PM Saturdays in the Parish Life Center (100). Contact Jeff Pitzer, jeff@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 249.

Ushers gather to provide assistance to the pastoral staff in ensuring that the Saturday Evening Service runs smoothly. They serve as greeters for the service when passing out the books and bulletins. They collect the offering, handle communion, and clean the Parish Life Center after worship so the next group will have a clean worship space. They collect the pew pad information sheets and see that the offering receipts are deposited in the bank. There are teams made up of three individuals that are scheduled to usher periodically throughout the year. They meet 4:30-6:15 PM on assigned Saturdays. Contact Jim Click, j.click2@comcast.net; (309) 663-2536.

Welcome Center hosts gather for the purpose of welcoming and extending hospitality to all who enter the doors of St. John’s. They gather at 4:45 PM Saturday in the Parish Life Center area. Contact Kathy Crabtree, kk.crabtree@live.com or Deb Cruise, dacruise@ilstu.edu.

Traditional Worship Service

Altar Guild members gather for the purpose of setting up and cleaning communion ware and caring for the communion and altar linens. Members do this for assigned services. Contact Arlene and Lois Brucker, countrygal.lois@gmail.com, (309) 662-3896.  

Communion Assistants serve communion at worship services. Contact Pat Pulokas, palp@mchsi.com, (309) 728-2118.  

Choir gathers for the purpose of enhancing worship through their singing during worship services. From late August through early May they meet at 5:30 PM Wednesdays in the Sanctuary (400), and then sing at the Traditional worship service most Sundays. Contact choir director Michael Schneider, michael@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 249.  

Greeters gather for the purpose of welcoming and extending hospitality to all who enter the doors of St. John’s. Gather Sunday before the 8:30 AM worship service in the Sanctuary (400) area. Contact Jan Brown, 828-2570.  

Lectors read the lessons at assigned worship services. Contact: Carol Johnson, (309) 820-9480.  

Ushers gather for the purpose of helping to facilitate the church service on Sunday morning and any special services throughout the year. There are teams made up of four or five individuals who are scheduled to usher periodically throughout the year. They meet 8-9:45 AM on assigned Sundays. Contact Craig Queen, cdqesq@gmail.com.  

Welcome Center hosts gather for the purpose of welcoming and extending hospitality to all who enter the doors of St. John’s. Gather Sundays before the 8:30 AM worship service in the Sanctuary (400) area. Contact Jan Brown, (309) 828-2570.  

Worship Opportunities, General

Bulletin Stuffers gather for the purpose of assembling weekend worship bulletins. They meet at 11 AM Friday in the Conference Room (421). Contact Norma Fagerland, norma@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 207.

Church Mice gather for the purpose of replenishing Sanctuary and Parish Life Center worship needs. This includes replacing the red pew pads, the white sign-in sheets, pens, offering envelopes, and nametags. The church office staff provides them with the needed supplies as they run out. They meet the last Monday of the month at 9 AM. Contact Kathy Crabtree, kk.crabtree@live.com, (309) 825-5627.

Coffee Corps gathers for the purpose of preparing coffee for worship services and cleaning up afterward. They serve on Sunday mornings as assigned. Contact Gudrun Dunt, gudrun@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 214.

Funeral Crucifers process and recess with a cross at funerals, as assigned. Contact Pastor Christine McNeal, christine@stjohnsbloomington.org, (309) 827-6121 ext. 251.

Handbell Choir gathers for the purpose of enhancing worship through the use of handbell music during worship services. From late August through early May they meet weekly for rehearsal at 5 PM Thursdays in the Multipurpose Room (225/227) and then play at the Traditional worship services once a month. Contact Jackie Remmers, jacq4840@aol.com, (309) 662-1751.